forenoon

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From fore- +‎ noon

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forenoon ‎(plural forenoons)

  1. The time period between dawn and noon; morning.
    • William Shakespeare's Coriolanus, ii 1
      You are ambitious for poor knaves' caps and legs; you wear out a good wholesome forenoon in hearing a cause between an orange-wife and a fosset-seller, and then rejourn the controversy of threepence to a second day of audience.
    • 1910, Erwin Rosen, In the Legion[1], HTML edition, The Gutenberg Project, published 2012:
      A hot sun burned down on us. Ten times during a single forenoon every stitch of clothes on one's body was soaked with perspiration, and ten times it dried again.
    • 2003, Timothey Field Allen, Handbook Of Materia Medica & Homoeopathic Therapeutics[2], HTML edition, B. Jain Publishers, ISBN 9788170214434:
      Desire to be alone in forenoon.

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